FT Spitfire - Build by FliteTest

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Posted: May 22, 2013  |  131,060 views
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Introducing the FT Spitfire, the 10th installment in the Swappable Series. This build is similar to all of our previous foam board scratch builds with an optional removable wing design.

This scratch build is available as a speed build kit in our store, and the free plans are available below as well!

The speed build kit features a throw gauge and right angle that will assist in the assembly!

The wing on this Supermarine Spitfire swappable has a large under camber wing tip that keeps the plane from tip stalls.Like some of our previous swappable designs like the Baby Blender, FT Cruiser and FT 3D, the FT Spitfire features a folding fuselage with notches that will help you achieve true proportions and square lines.
Join in the discussion, share your builds and see more photos of this build in our forum post HERE!

FREE Build Plans:
FT Spitfire - Swappable  [ FULL SIZE ]
FT Spitfire - Swappable [ TILED ]


Equipment used in this build:
FT Control Horns
NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv / 250w
Hextronic 9 Gram Servo 
TURNIGY Plush 25amp Speed Controller
Turnigy 1800mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack
Linkage Stopper "Speed Clevis"
.81mm piano wire (push rods)
Futaba T8FG Super 14ch Transmitter w/R6208SB 2.4GHz Receiver
Futaba R6106HFC 2.4GHz FASST Mid Range 6Ch Rx


Additional/Alternate components:
Flite Test Combo Flight Packs
with everything you need available at www.altitudehobbies.com



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flyzonefan May 22, 2013
Great!
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RoyBro May 22, 2013
I stuck by the computer, waiting for the plans. And now they're printing on the big 36" plotter at work. Very nice!
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Res7 May 22, 2013
Shipping is still a bit expensive to Australia.
Can you please supply the shipping dimensions and weight for the single and double kits, so I can try to source alternative shipping?
I know you guys are very busy with vids, builds, manufacture, etc. so if I find a cheaper way to ship and increase your sales I'll definitely share.
Thanks for all your hard work and growing the hobby so successfully.
Cheers.
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Rightcoastbias May 24, 2013
Print it and build it. Take the money you would have spent on shipping and buy your mom a day at the spa.
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gr1999 June 13, 2013
It only cost me 36$ for the foam. the plans are free an its only gonna cost me another 100 or so to get the electronics

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IcyBird February 11, 2014
$36?!? What kind of foam are you using, I got my foam for $3

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gr1999 February 11, 2014
I live in NZ so the foamboard costs alot more here due to shipping costs and shops wanting to make a profit.
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IcyBird February 15, 2014
Oh that stinks
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John M. July 19, 2014
How thick is the foam ? I'm from germany and i cant find a shop where i can buy it...
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miko May 22, 2013
Are the full size plans supposed to have a third page?
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May 22, 2013
It looks complete to me. Of course some parts need multiple copies. Like the wing spar.
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kenton May 22, 2013
It does look like everything is there, but in the upper corners of the pages it states Page 1/3, and Page 2/3, with no page 3/3...just a bit confusing.
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zvada May 23, 2013
There are only 2 pages of plans. I just updated the pdf and the page numbers should be correct now. Sorry for the confusion.


-Alex
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kenton May 22, 2013
Is it possible for you guys to add a visible note on the full size plans that states people are authorized to print them. We tried taking plans for the Cruiser to Kinkos and they would not print it because it has FliteTest's logo but does not state that it is free use. I'm sure we will have the same issue with these as well since they do not have any release statement on them.
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Nitroneo May 23, 2013
No where on the documents is there a copyright sign or a registered trademark sign. Confront Kinko's and ask what constitutes a Copyright, and then call their branch office if you don't get the results you want. Stand up for your rights as a customer, or just order the speed build kit and support Flitetest versus supporting Kinko's and their bad customer service.
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jamvanderloeff June 25, 2013
In many countries you get copyright protection automatically without needing to have a copyright notice, so a note would be useful.
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Rightcoastbias May 22, 2013
Printing with 5 sheets of Adams foam board and an Exacto blade ready. Lets do this!

Thank you FT for expanding the world of RC aircraft in a way never before possible!

Gabe
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FlyingMonkey May 22, 2013
While the Spitfire isn't my favorite plane, I am once again in awe of the time and effort that clearly goes into these designs. Well done gentlemen.
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sailorJohn May 23, 2013
Great build , glue burns excluded.
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Villalji May 23, 2013
Great job as usual, I can see the mods coming from the community: flaps, aero brakes, landing gear retracts, mini machine guns...
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turbo80 May 23, 2013
Really a great video with many tips and tricks. A must see !
Thanks to David and Josh for their advices.
I'm looking forward to testing this legendary aircraft.
Hey Chad, this is your turn to show us how to paint on foam with an airbrush to get a warbird look to our planes. Please, hurry up ;)
Josh, I know you're a passionate but could you talk a little bit slower because it is very difficult to understand everything for a little Frenchie like me :(

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tramsgar May 23, 2013
Very nice, the poster board part and wing build seemed a lot easier than on previous models. Thanks, guys!
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Ballsy May 23, 2013
Great video guys. I'm sooo going to slope this plane next month :)
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ronnie.burchfield. May 23, 2013
where can i buy the spinner ?
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jerimiah85 May 23, 2013
is the 2 1/2 you want for this plane. http://www.hobbypartz.com/spinners1.html
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bradcd May 23, 2013
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bradcd May 23, 2013
The tiled plans file will not download pages 1 and 2. Printing pages 3 to 24 but I sure like to get pages 1 and 2...lol Eager to build. Keep up great job.

Brad
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bradcd May 23, 2013
I went to my second pc and it downloaded fine there. Bring on the foam.
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kk4gt May 23, 2013
Could someone tell a 75 year old neebie how to set up the printer to print these plans. Do you use size, or Poster, cutmarks, overlap 0.005 in or tile only large pages. Should I print this Potrait or landscape. Thank you for any help.
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Villalji May 24, 2013
If you use the tiled version just print it as it comes, only make sure it is at 100% scale. For the Full Size you need to select poster, overlap and cutting marks is optional, I typically don't use those to save paper. In this case you can set the scale to 100% to get normal size, but you can also scale it down or up for a smaller or bigger model, but surely this is not what you want. good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Ivanlopezvergara June 5, 2013
Hi. It is easier if you copy the file to a usb stick and go to a printer facility to make them print it in a large plotter, by doing it you will receive two large plan sheets. You can print in in black and white to save money, but take care to mark the red and blue lines to follow the instructions.
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kk4gt May 24, 2013
Thank you Villalji for the helpful tips on printing, worked perfect. Also thank you to flite test for helping me find a new hobby, I have been reading your articles and watching your shows for months and now I have flown my first plane without crashing every time I launch. You are an inspiration to us senior citizens. kk4gt
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Revj Vegas May 24, 2013
Just a request ... could you also put the scale on the tiled plans so that when printed one can check to make sure the size is correct coming out the printer.

Thanks so much!
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Rickster May 24, 2013
Great build Video, David is a great addition for sure. David Bobble Head Dolls should be on the to do list.
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thejosh108 May 24, 2013
just took mine out to fly.... 25mph wind and STILL amazing airplane David! so stable!
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mudman1959 May 27, 2013
So what about some other airplanes? A P51 or maybe a Corsair... A P47... The possibilities are endless. You already have a twin... with a bit of a redesign, you could do a P38... Just an idea.
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miko May 24, 2013
I bought the foam board from Target (the stuff at my dollar store was far from flat). Unfortunately it's only 28" long, rather than the 30" needed for the main fuselage. Is it possible to add on a 2" piece (hot glue?), or do I need to get the longer stuff?
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rcspaceflight May 28, 2013
You could always scale the plans down to 90% of the original size. 90% of 30 inches is 27. And having a 90% scale version should fly the same.
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sailorJohn May 23, 2013
What minwax clear did chad recommend fast dry spray????
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tyoho May 28, 2013
I too would like to know!
Don't just trow out a line like "it changes the whole line of dollar tree foamboard ... now they're water proof" and then leave us hanging.
If it locks the paper to the foam and makes it water proof, it would be "the best stuff ever"
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eagle4 May 22, 2013
how is the battery mounted on the underside of the powerpod? just velcro? How would the 1300kv blue wonder motor go with this?
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tekgeek May 29, 2013
if you have any of the other swappable planes you should already have the power pod done
the battery attaches to the bottom of the power pod which is inserted into the frame of this plane

check out the building of the other swappables and the power pod itself you will get the idea
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pajonate May 22, 2013
Guys, this is amazing. I am amazed that you have put free plans online. That's rare with the other designers. I know it lowers your income, but it promotes you as big contributors to the hobby.

Thanks for sharing.
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tekgeek May 29, 2013
these guys get paid by you watching their videos as well so tell everyone to check them out

I wish they would sell the electronics so I wouldn't have to scour the internet for parts
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pajonate May 29, 2013
I agree, and they should be paid for us watching their videos. At least we learn things about the hobby that these explorers are discovering for us. Sometimes we agree and accept, sometimes not, but that is normal, I think.
May amazement was that they would go and share their design even when they have a kits for sale. No other hobby vendor is doing so, or at least I am not aware of another one.
Again, kudos to them, to their lively and humorous, but yet educative videos, and free plans for the folks who want to build planes.
I don't think they will sell electronics at larger scale (at least not anytime soon), because it requires a lot of logistics and space, and much bigger organization. Maybe they will assemble some electronic kits for their setups, which will be nice, since it will remove the doubt of what to purchase for which kit.
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eagle4 May 29, 2013
It'd be awesome if on the plans there was a scale guide/legend, just so people know if they are printing stuff at the correct scale. Just a thought.
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Senior12 June 2, 2013
Just curious if the referenced "How to Airbrush" video article is being released soon?

Order kit - check
Order electronics - check
Receive packages - check
Build - in progress
Paint- ??? Hope the link at end of build video becomes real....

Keep up all the hard work guys! We love your site and series!
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eisbot June 2, 2013
First and foremost, thank you for providing the plans for free!
However I find the formatting of the PDFs could be improved. If the PDF was structured with the size of the foam board in mind it would be helpful. I.E. 1 sheet of the PDF equaled 1 foam board. They could still be tiled, but it would be much more user friendly to do the layout from the plans.
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renemarson June 4, 2013
Great job. Beautiful model. Congratulations. Now a question: How to cut the foam to make the same way the foam scratch build of you? Sorry because I'm using google translator. I'm from Brazil.
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Ivanlopezvergara June 5, 2013
Excellent plans. It is better to print them in a large plotter. If you are not planing to use a spinner or heavy motor do not place the rudder and elev servos until you finish and balance the plane. I just finish mine and I have to use too much nose weight than I either move those servos or use a larger motor.
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dzeanfly May 26, 2013
Marvellous build !
I wonder what is the final weight of the spitfire ?
Because in France, I can't find exactly the same foam board as you guys... :(
I build the wing and it already weights 135 grams.
For information I use "carton mousse".
Thanks for your answers.
See you !
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Ivanlopezvergara June 5, 2013
Hi, I have the same problem in Mexico. The available foam board is a littlte heavier and thicker (5 mm), so I ended up with 750 gr. I am using a larger motor to have more trust. I had to adjunt a little the cutting to bend the pod.
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Ivanlopezvergara June 5, 2013
I ended with a final total weight with 2200mA of 950 gr
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jaffattila November 20, 2013
Hi,

I have used so called "KAPA" board made in germany or austria. Kapa line is the lightest version, but still 635g/m2 5mm version. I have the final weight with 2200mAh turnigy lipo 3s 850g. I have re-placed the rudder and elevator servos much closer to the CG point, and also lightened up by cutting out some foam from non structural places. I am still thinking to rebuild the plane using 3mm kapa line 570g/m2 or cutting out some holes in structural surfaces than cover the holes with some lighter material. Do somebody knows that, what is the exact weight of the FT spit made from the original material or did somebody built it using depron with coverage? I read that, the original FT spitfire weight is 420g without the battery, but I am not sure whether is it with everything else (powerpod and all the servos)?
Thanks and congrat for the great design for you guys. Attila from Finland.
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Ivanlopezvergara June 5, 2013
How do you avoid breaking the prop while landing with no landing gear?
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wizard122 June 10, 2013
So I have built most of the swappable plans how do keep the edges of the to board sealed it keeps coming apart please help.
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gr1999 June 10, 2013
What Size do you print the Plans? Is is A3 or what??

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tmaster June 24, 2013
This is my attempt. thank you guys:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BykhaR4LEs
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mungral May 27, 2013
very nice build. mine will be ready to fly by this weekend.

any Aussies out there having trouble finding cheap foam board?,
Just use 3mm Corflute from Bunnings. $8.90 for a 1200x900 sheet
makes the plane a little bit heavier but not by much.
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PTFT July 7, 2013
Here is a source for foamboard in Brisbane. http://www.foamboards.com.au/store
They ship with a minimum 5 sheet order or you can go in to Fix-a-Frame at 1230 Logan Rd Mt Gravatt, Brisbane QLD 4122.

They have various sizes, I got two 1m x 1.5m sheets of 5mm for $39.
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hhins July 10, 2013
Please excuse my ignorance here, I'm probably just confused but the under camber tips would seem to produce more lift than the wing root (opposite of what you want) how does that prevent tip stall?
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2fttnk July 12, 2013
Very nice I love it but can anyone help me to find the cg (centre of gravity) or give me a place to start
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rcflyer729 July 15, 2013
if i use the Suppo 2208/14 1450kv Brushless Motor (Park 370 equiv.) what type of battery should i use? thanks
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InvertedG May 23, 2013
You should probably include the link to the Accessory Pack for that NTM motor. None of the NTM motors come with the needed hardware and have to be purchased separately.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__16719__NTM_Prop_Drive_28_Series_Accessory_Pack.html
Hope it saves someone some aggravation!
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zbowman July 25, 2013
Ordered the NTM motors for mine and a friends. Definitely didn't see this message until going through here again and trying to make sure I got the right motor. These motors are completely reversed from what I'm used to using (have a bixler 1.1). Have a link to how a prop drive motor should mate up to the power pack? Seems like the completely wrong motor for this application.
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InvertedG July 26, 2013
Once you get the accessory pack that is linked above its all the same connections. The bullet connectors may be different from what is on your ESC so keep that in mind. 3 wires from the motor to the ESC then to the battery. Connecting the ESC to the Rx of course helps.
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Flyrian July 28, 2013
The Spitfire looks great! Would love to get more Warbirds.
Does anybody know how thick the foam should be? Do I have to use 6 or 3 mm Depron?
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knife-edge July 30, 2013
They recommend a 1300mah 4s, but is that what they are really flying with or are they using a 1300mah 3s? I want the same speed that they have in the show on both this and the baby blender, but I don't know what battery is used.
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zbowman July 25, 2013
FT guys help. That NTM prop drive motor seems completely wrong to mate up to the firewall on the power pod. Shouldn't it need a motor like the suppo with a standard mounting configuration?
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knife-edge July 30, 2013
You have to get the motor adapter kit from hobbyking. It is like $2 and switches which side you mount the prop on.
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jerimiah85 May 23, 2013
DONE! Many paper cuts and 4 hrs later maiden I. The am :) thanks
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knife-edge July 30, 2013
Just wondering, but did you use a 3s or 4s. They recommend a 4s but I don't think that's what they are using on the show. Thanks
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jerimiah85 July 30, 2013
I used a 3cell 2200 40c for the spitfire . but since posting on this article ive used smaller battery's all the way down to a 850 3cell spinning an 8038 prop on a 1300 kv bell motor due to the fact its a light plane and by far the best handling. to sum this up try things and see what works friend. Happy flying
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knife-edge July 31, 2013
Thanks, I think that ill go with either a 2200 3s or a 1300 3s, but time will tell. Anyways thanks for the help. It is greatly appreciated.
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Omran August 1, 2013
Hi I have plotter when print full size it come very small can help me I need size of all part please

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danield May 28, 2013
how about landing gear plans or kit?????????
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raptor3dpilot August 28, 2013
Just purchased my first FliteTest kit, the FT Spitfire. I'm planning on building it with my son and teaching him to fly it. Has anyone tried using FoamTac instead of hot glue? I'm going to make this entire build out of FoamTac because since it get's pretty hot in Vegas, the hot glue tends to melt if I leave it in the car or direct sunlight. It will also save a ton of weight. All of my RCP planes are hot glued, so this is my first build using the FoamTac.
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-Gijs- September 1, 2013
Hi FT Team, Hi Josh, Hi Josh, Hi David!

Great shows, i love your vid's. I'm very happy with my bixler 2 but what your doing with the foamboard is even more fun., or so it seems.
I' want to built a spitfire but run into the folowing: what size of paper are used for the plans and what size of foamboard is required? 3 or 5 mm and A3 size board's? I would have ordered the speedkit for the first build but shipping to the netherlands is more expensive than the kit it selve so a scratchbuild is beter. But i can't find these references so please help.

Keep having fun at what you do, so we can to!

Greetings,
Gijs
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Nathan_116 September 16, 2013
David, this is a great design, it GUI missed the main feature of the spitfire, that would be the radiator/air scoop under the left side wing(looking at the front of the plane) adding this would make this plane a million times better. Also, learn to add removable landing gear, just because you don't like it doesn't mean the rest of us don't, and this company is based on whatthenviewers want. Also, split flaps would seal the deal.
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Yogenh November 7, 2013
I made one and love it. It is a good flier. I do plan on making some of the other planes on here.

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beemerdon December 26, 2013
Mine is all together and ready for paint. I bought the kit from Flite Test and I am simply amazed at how well everything fits! David, you did a most excellent job figuring out all the cuts, especially the piece for the turtle deck and the way the wings join together with the dihedral. Great job, and I hope to be in the air in a week or so. Thanks!
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jussi January 3, 2014
Why not have a Fockewulf or Messerchmitt in your opinions to build? I liked the Spitfire, wery good plane, and wery good to fly.

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Jose October 20, 2013
Hi guys, I´m starting building a FT Spitfire, but just one question , how thin is the foam board that you are using to build this plane ? Thank you for doing a good job with FliteTest. I´m so inspired watching your videos . Bye
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fantasy776 January 15, 2014
I got mine from dollar tree for of course $1.00 24x30. You'll need 4 sheets if you need the power module too. It's 5mm thick and is made by Adams.
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shadi January 28, 2014
Hello, I want to tell you that your show is great even if it is simple, but useful for learning, my question is, Is it possible to buy the reciver and the remote control and all the electronic devices and shipped it by DHL for example to the West Bank - near Israel .

My respect for you
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beemerdon February 9, 2014
I finally got to maiden my FT Spitfire yesterday and it is fantastic! I built it from your kit and it was easy to put together and looks great. I love the wing design with the flat bottom, dihedral, and the under-cambers at the ends. It flies quite well with a 2212/10 using 3S batteries and lands like a feather floating in. If you do any more warbirds I am definitely IN! Thanks.

Don
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newgalileu February 13, 2014
built my spitfire and I use 3s 2200 battery in it. I doubt how to find the GC. Where should the GC it exactly?
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Martin01 February 22, 2014
I belive it must be wingspar
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EMMANUEL March 11, 2014
hola soy nuevo en esto gracias por los planos me son de mucha ayuda, pero que sucede si le coloco un motor de 2215 - 740 kv??

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n3o March 21, 2014
Can i ask, what is the weight of the finished plane ?
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andrewhull279 April 4, 2014
Hey guys,

I'm having a problem opening the pdf plans, I get a message in Adobe saying that the file is damaged and could not be repaired... Am I missing a trick here?

Regards
Andrew
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chlguy May 2, 2014
FINALLY got my plane in the air today. 3 successful flights, upgraded to a 4cell battery and it did MUCH better. 3rd flight and a gust caught it on landing and a short sommersault. delaminated the skin on the left wingtip and broke the prop. Oh well, $3 and a little glue and we're back in the air tomorrow. Excited to see what it'll do with the new 9x6 we put on it. :-)
Here's the 3rd flight video and the first FPV from a MUVI cam mounted in the cockpit.

1st FPV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdtUs35a86k
3rd Ground View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BAHjR9j34k
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F14 pilot May 30, 2014
Hey, thats cool i got mine to hover vertically in the back yard using the same motor as in the durafly MK 24 spitfire and the durafly P51 Prop and a zippy 2200 mAh 30C 11.1V battery and a HK "blue" 35 AMP esc.
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Damig June 19, 2014
I know someday I will understand what that means......:: >>durafly MK 24 spitfire and the durafly P51 Prop and a zippy 2200 mAh 30C 11.1V battery and a HK "blue" 35 AMP esc<<<

looks like code. I am n00b and the motor, specs, prop, weight, ESC, zippy and blue is way above my pay grade. :-)

Thanks, Scott aka Miggy
"... and yes I did lose a few brain cells in the 60's, and yes, I saw Jimi play live.."
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Damig June 19, 2014
(why long sleeves or arm covers? like printers sleeves?)
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jimcunderwood July 9, 2014
Just wanted to share. Honey I shrunk the FT Spitfire. Half Size only 238g total with battery.. 22in wing span.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B60uA7a-uRTacjlBVGxJbEpvZHM/edit?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B60uA7a-uRTaLW9kN1JFZlYzRG8/edit?usp=sharing



FT rules. Love these guys.
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egebora98 July 15, 2014
Which foam board type did you use in this video?
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